OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Those with loved ones in nursing homes cannot know how many of those caring for their family members have been vaccinated thanks to a center collecting this information for the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Some of the statistics around the region are revealing. For example, there is a health center in Madison, Neb., Which lists only 13% of staff vaccinated, while over 97% of residents are fully vaccinated.
Statewide, 64% of healthcare workers have completed COVID-19 vaccinations and more than 91% of nursing home residents have been vaccinated. Medical experts say many nursing home residents may have other health problems and some may be immunocompromised.
“Their response to vaccination may not be as good as that of some of our employees who are mostly younger than these residents. That’s why sometimes we can see a bigger vaccine breakthrough in nursing homes, ”said Dr Muhammad Saliman Ashraf.
In Omaha, Immanuel Fontenelle lists 99% of its residents as fully vaccinated and 94.5% of the staff. These figures were updated on August 22, and Immanuel Fontenelle officials attribute their success to their staff and the fight against the virus.
“We created a core team very early in the pandemic that addressed the issues long before the reality of vaccination. To deal with things like phasing and quarantining and all that stuff, this group spent a lot of time sorting through data sorting out facts, ”Dr. Devin Fox said.
On the other end of the spectrum, River City Nursing and Rehabilitation reports that 65.4% of its residents are fully immunized, as of August 22 with only 44% of its staff vaccinated. Both figures are lower than the state average.
6 News contacted River City Nursing and Rehabilitation and they responded in a statement that read in part: “To date, 60% of River City staff are vaccinated. Protecting our seniors is our top priority. River City offers vaccination clinics through an on-site partner pharmacy at least twice a month and provides ongoing training to all employees. Currently, River City has no positive cases of COVID-19. “
Statistics, including the number of staff who have been vaccinated at state nursing homes, are available from the Centers for Medicaid Services. The people who take care of your loved ones have taken care of themselves.
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